Online medical services: beneficial or a cause for concern?

We use our phones and computers for work, online shopping, and the majority of our banking services – so why not for a visit to the GP? A video or onl(...)

A retired boxer walks into an osteopath’s clinic with persistent sinus infection and a repeat prescription for seemingly ineffective antibiotics. Afte(...)

Currently, oral hormonal contraception pills, patches, rings and injections all require a prescription. Photograph: Getty

GPs have strongly rejected proposals by the Irish Pharmacy Union that pharmacists should be given control of a State-funded, free national contracepti(...)

Toxic work environments not only affect physicians, but nursing staff and other healthcare professionals, with implications for public health

Recent evidence documents the growing problem of physician burnout in Ireland, affecting many doctors and thus, indirectly, their patients. What is b(...)

Family doctors have warned further increases in eligibility for free GP care in the absence of increased capacity will lead to waiting lists. Photograph: PA.

Family doctors have warned further increases in eligibility for free GP care in the absence of increased capacity will jeopardise the provision of sam(...)

Some unaccredited pregnancy counselling agencies are providing ‘inaccurate’ and ‘harmful’ information to women

The rising use of abortion pills ordered online in Ireland is a “concern”, particularly as women who used the pills “may fear presenting to Irish heal(...)

A screengrab from Saturday’s meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly in Malahide, Co Dublin

The Eighth Amendment is not “satisfactory or helpful” for women who experience unplanned or crisis pregnancies, the first full meeting of the Citizens(...)

Polypharmacy is loosely defined as taking five or more prescription medicines a day. Photograph: iStock

The biggest health spend in this country is not on any particular disease but on problems caused by drugs – over or under prescribing, wrong doses an(...)

Ian Power, SpunOut.ie: “If you’re going through search engines and social media, there’s a danger of creating anxiety about diagnoses that don’t exist or are not accurate.” File photograph: Getty Images

Young people are using a mix of professional medical literature and information they find on social media to manage chronic health conditions, a new s(...)

“We are in danger of entering a post-antibiotic era,” the Department of Health’s chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan told an antibiotic awareness event at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin today.

In a bid to tackle the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in humans and animals, the Department of Heath and Department of Agriculture have forme(...)

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